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NHL roundup: Panthers consider making changes

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Florida Panthers management held a late-night meeting on Tuesday to discuss the future of the team, but no decisions were immediately made on the fate of coach Kevin Dineen.

General manager Dale Tallon promised to take action to alter the direction of the team after the Panthers dropped their sixth consecutive game -- a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

"There will be changes ... ," Tallon told the Miami Herald. "I don't make rash decisions. None of us are happy. I have to fix this and I will. We're better than this."

According to the Herald, Tallon, minority owner Doug Cifu, assistant general manager Mike Santos and director of hockey operations Mike Dixon were part of the meeting.

The Herald reported that while Dineen is keeping his job for now and apparently has some support from Tallon, others in the organization are calling for a coaching change.

---The Detroit Red Wings placed winger Jordin Tootoo on waivers, MLive.com reported.

Tootoo, 30, played in eight games this season and had no points and a minus-4 rating.

Tootoo signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract with the Red Wings in 2012.

Any team that claims Tootoo off waivers faces a $1.9 million salary cap hit. If Tootoo clears waivers, the Red Wings could send him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

----Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne was scheduled to return to action in Wednesday's game against Phoenix after missing three games with a mouth injury.

Selanne, 43, lost four teeth and needed stitches to close cuts around his mouth after being hit in the face with a stick during a game in Philadelphia on Oct. 29.

---Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard, who recently returned after being sidelined by a concussion, will miss the next two games with an upper-body injury.
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